Calgary City Information
TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IN CALGARY
AIR SERVICES – Calgary International Airport
Calgary has one of the finest and largest airport facilities in Canada located just 12 km from the central business district and connected by a high capacity freeway system. The new $130 million terminal provides Calgary with a substantial increase in capacity to handle the rapidly growing volume of passengers and freight traffic the city is experiencing. It also greatly increased the quality and the speed of services which enhances the attractiveness of Calgary as a business air travel centre.
PRIMARY AIRLINE TRAFFIC
Air Canada Family America West Continental Airlines Delta Airlines KLM Lufthansa United Airlines WestJet
Canada USA USA USA Holland Germany USA Western Canada
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Calgary has experience spectacular growth in the use of air services out of the city since the opening of the new terminal. Passenger traffic and cargo out of Calgary International has more than tripled since 1970. Cross-border traffic has increased five-fold.
Our city is divided into four “quadrants”:
northwest, northeast, southeast and southwest. Generally speaking, the Bow River divides the city into north and south halves and Centre Street separates the east from the west.
There are many major routes through the city of Calgary, the largest of those being the Deerfoot Trail which can take you from the north edge of the city to the south boundary in approximately 20 minutes, with a speed limit of 100 km/hr and no traffic lights.
The Trans Canada Highway (#1) passes through Calgary east-west on 16th Avenue North, as do Glenmore Trail in the south and McKnight Blvd. in the north. North to south main arteries are Centre Street, 14th Street, 10 Street, and Edmonton Trail in the north half of the city, and Macleod Trail, Elbow Drive and 14th Street in the south. Crowchild Trail (referred to as Highway 1A in the north) runs from north to south through the west half of the city.
Rush hour is between the hours of 7:00 and 9:00 AM and 3:30 and 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday. During this time major routes are busy, especially the ones leading in and out of the downtown area.
City-wide passenger bus service is provided for by Calgary Transit, as follows:
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The average number of monthly passengers: 6,300,000 + as of November 2000.
After an extensive study of Calgary’s future public transportation needs, LRT (Light Rail Transit) was chosen as the urban travel mode that would meet those needs most economically and effectively. Work was begun on the first line in May 1978. Three years later on Monday, May 25, 1981, the first passenger boarded the train for its inaugural run. Extremely popular from the beginning, the C-trains operate mainly on the surface with several comfortable cars capable of carrying approximately 175 passengers per car. At present, there are lines running to the northeast, into the middle of the northwest and south-central which is expanding further south because of the demand for the C-Train
The Rail is back! After CPR dropped it’s passenger service years ago, a few other companies rolled onto the tracks to provide Canadians and Calgarians with rail service once again. These include: